Compact industrial Ethernet connectors offer board space savings of up to 75%

Hirose Electric

ix Industrial connectors support data rates up to 10 Gbits/s

Hirose supplies a rugged Ethernet connector which combines a small, robust design with high-speed data-transmission capabilities. Intended for use in industrial automation and manufacturing environments, the ix Industrial™ connectors combine high-speed performance and a compact design with high reliability and design flexibility. 


The connector occupies up to 75% less board space than RJ45 connector systems, and up to 28% less than competing snap-in I/O connectors. Supporting CAT5e and CAT6A cabling, the ix Industrial series connector integrates shielding against EMI and electro-static discharge to provide for safe and secure transmission at data rates up to 10 Gbits/s.


The ix Industrial series is available with two keying codes, one for Ethernet and the other for non-Ethernet applications. The connectors are compliant with the IEC 61076-3-124 standard. The ix industrial plug is supplied with both solder and insulation displacement contact (IDC) terminations, giving the flexibility to use it with a range of cable sizes.


Offered in upright right-angle, horizontal right-angle, vertical, and panel-mount inline versions, the ix Industrial connectors enable designers to save board space – for instance, the dimensions of the upright right-angle receptacle are just 8.8 mm x 9.4 mm x 12.8 mm. The connectors can be mounted in parallel with a pitch distance of only 10 mm. The narrow width of the receptacle is particularly beneficial when multiple connectors are positioned on a single PCB side-by-side.


Featuring a rugged and reliable design, the snap-in I/O connector has a positive metal lock with a pre-load spring mechanism which provides a clear tactile click and ensures complete, secure mating. The pre-loaded springs prevent unintended cable removal, and extend the operating life to more than 5,000 mating/unmating cycles.


The receptacle shell is mounted on the PCB via through-hole solder legs to enhance PCB retention and to resist the wrenching of the cable assembly. The wire-termination unit and cable clamp are integrated into a single plug shell, which prevents the connecting part of the cable assembly from being affected by the load on the cable.


  • Rated current:
    • 1.5 A/pin (all pins)
    • 3 A/pin (pins 1, 2, 6, 7)
  • 50 V ac/60 V dc voltage ratings
  • Operating-temperature range: -40°C to 85°C


  • Factory automation controllers
  • Industrial robotics
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Security systems
  • Servo amplifiers
  • Servers
  • Machine vision cameras
  • Automated ground vehicles
  • Automated mobile robots

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